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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.

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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.

    Meta's Big Llama 3 Release, Google's New Culture, MKBHD vs. Humane

    Meta's Big Llama 3 Release, Google's New Culture, MKBHD vs. Humane

    Alex Heath from The Verge is back for our weekly discussion of the latest tech news. We cover 1) Taylor Swift's new album 2) Meta's new Llama 3 release 3) Does conversational AI work in a social media products? 4) Will the value of generative AI be realized in foundational models or products? 5) Zuck's new icon status 6) Bearded Zuck 7) The risks of open sourcing massive AI models 8) Sundar Pichai writes a stern letter to Google employees 9) Google fires 28 employees involved in office takeover protest 10) Is a new Google culture taking hold? 11) Should product reviewers be kinder when products suck.
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    • 55 min
    Kara Swisher Rates Tech Leaders — With Kara Swisher

    Kara Swisher Rates Tech Leaders — With Kara Swisher

    Kara Swisher is the author of Burn Book and host of the Pivot and On With Kara Swisher. Swisher joins Big Technology to discuss the latest tech news and share her opinion of the nature of tech leaders. We discuss Marc Andreessen, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Sundar Pichai, Tim Cook, Andy Jassy, Satya Nadella, Sam Altman, and Mark Cuban. Then we examine the nature of a great leader's personality, how much luck vs. skill plays a role in success, the impact of having lots of money. And plenty more, including how journalism and media move forward today. Enjoy!
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    • 55 min
    Google's AI Narrative Is Flipping, Microsoft Hedges Its OpenAI Bet, AI Clones Are Here

    Google's AI Narrative Is Flipping, Microsoft Hedges Its OpenAI Bet, AI Clones Are Here

    Ranjan Roy from Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the latest tech news. We cover 1) The Solar Eclipse! 2) AI Music generation software Suno 3) Google flipping of its AI narrative 4) Ranjan's reflections from Google Cloud Next 5) Is Google's AI enterprise bet the right strategy 6) Microsoft hedging its OpenAI bet 7) Implications of Mustafa Suleyman's remit within Microsoft 8) OpenAI fires leakers 9) Eliezer Yudkowsky refuses interview and his reps won't pick up the phone 10) AI model training running out of data 11) Prospects of synthetic data for AI training 12) The Humane AI pin flops 13) Can Sam Altman and Jony Ive build an AI device 14) Cloning ourselves with AI.
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    Anthropic's Co-Founder on AI Agents, General Intelligence, and Sentience — With Jack Clark

    Anthropic's Co-Founder on AI Agents, General Intelligence, and Sentience — With Jack Clark

    Jack Clark is the co-founder of Anthropic and author of Import AI. He joins Big Technology Podcast for a mega episode on Anthropic and the future of AI. We cover: 1) What Anthropic and other LLM providers are building towards 2) What AI agents will look like 3) What type of traning is neccesary to get to the next level 4) What AI 'general intelligence' 5) AI memory 6) Anthropic's partnerships with Google and Amazon 7) The broader AI business case 8) The AI chips battle 9) Why Clark and others from OpenAI founded Anthropic 10) Is Anthropic an effective altruism front organization? 11) The risk that AI kills us 12) The risk that AI takes our jobs 13) What regulation would help keep AI safe? 14) Is AI regulation just a front for keeping the small guy down 15) LLMs' ability to persuade
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    Why Crypto’s Thriving Post-SBF, Sports Betting Crisis Deepens, Jon Stewart vs. AI

    Why Crypto’s Thriving Post-SBF, Sports Betting Crisis Deepens, Jon Stewart vs. AI

    Ranjan Roy from Margins is back for our weekly discussion of the latest tech news, with special guest Zeke Faux of Bloomberg News and Number Go Up fame. We cover 1) Why crypto is thriving after poster boy SBF was convicted and sentenced 2) The latest rise of memcoins including dogwifhat and NFTs like CryptoDickbutts 3) Is this evidence of a deeper societal problem or just gambling? 4) The resilience of crypto, including Tether 5) Zeke's reporting on pig butchering scams 6) The rise of Nudes In Bio scams on Twitter 7) Sports betting's deepening crisis 8) Louisiana bans prop bets on college players 9) Jon Stewart's position against AI 10) Is a broader societal backlash against AI coming.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Why Marissa Mayer Is Betting Big On Consumer Tech

    Why Marissa Mayer Is Betting Big On Consumer Tech

    Marissa Mayer is the CEO and co-founder of Sunshine, the former CEO of Yahoo, and a longtime Google executive. She joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss why she's betting on consumer tech, building a new array of products including Sunshine Contacts and the newly released Shine, a photo sharing app. Mayer discusses how AI impacts building for consumers today, and whether independent tech stands a chance against big tech. We also discuss the state of OpenAI, Google's competitive position, the lessons from Mayer's Tumblr acquisition, and what motivated her to found a company. Tune in for a fun, in-depth conversation with one of tech's leading executives.
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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
299 Ratings

299 Ratings

jsolly2024 ,

Well-balanced and Informative Tech Podcast!

Been listening for over a year. I have listened to most tech podcasts and this one is my favorite. I love the nuanced conversations and the high-profile guests from the biggest players in tech!

The hosts do a great job staying politically neutral and asking their guests insightful questions. I always look forward to the latest episode and hope to continue listening for many years to come!

AADSYS ,

Great perspectives on current technology issues

Alex and Ranjan cover many of the latest technology issues in great depth. And even though, I don’t always agree with their viewpoints, I respect their fairness and integrity.

carloseats ,

Excellent coverage of Tech and AI

I have recently taken more interest in AI and Tech and wanted to find a reliable source to get the latest news and informations with industry leaders and The Big Technology podcast has been a great tool to do this.

I recommend this podcast to anyone interested in technology, AI, and any relevant topics in Silicon Valley. The host is professional and the guests are knowledgeable and credible.

Fully recommend! Glad I found it.

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